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Reviews on Wheels – Thor: The Dark World


Thor: The Dark World Too Lite for Me

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Like any red-blooded geek, I appreciate any well done, nonstop, in-your-face action flick… to a point. In my opinion, what has made the Marvel movies so great over these past few years is that they seem to manage the delicate tightrope walk between heart-racing action, adventure and depth of character. The first Thor movie is a great example of this, as then director Kenneth Branagh gave the viewer a reason to get excited for the film through the action, all while at the same time making them comfortable enough to feel something for the characters. Unfortunately, the sequel failed to make me feel anything except for relief when it was all over.

I felt like the storyline lacked any depth whatsoever. As such, I just couldn’t find myself caring about any of the characters, let alone what happens to them. For example, Sif (Jamie Alexander); tell me, why should I care that she is secretly in love with Thor when he ignores her throughout the whole movie anyway? Allow me to give a few more examples of just how superficial the movie was. Let’s take Malekith, the lead villain. When this movie begins, we have no idea why Malekith’s race exists, or why he is the leader; he is presented to us with very minimal background and we are just asked to accept him? Let me think about that for a second… I don’t think so! Maybe it’s just me, but I like to know why the main characters exist in a story.


This movie had a great chance to connect us to the world of Asgard and make us care about its fate, but it failed miserably in that regard. We were there in that world for probably a total of 5 minutes. I’m sorry, but if I am asked to form an emotional connection with a world or its people, at least take me out for dinner and a movie first.

Kat Dennings, why? Her character serves no purpose at all in this film — she wasn’t even funny. When I think of her, I don’t think of a science nerd. Most of her scenes could have been left on the cutting room floor and her pointless screen time might have been used instead for the development of the main characters, something that was severely lacking in the movie.

Finally, it felt to me as though the entire romance between Thor and Natalie Portman’s character, Jane Foster, was shoehorned into the last 15 minutes of the movie. Once again, I have trouble buying that Thor would actually give up ruling Asgard for Jane Foster. I have one word for that: Really?!


All that being said, there was one bright spot in this movie that almost made me like it, and that was Tom Hiddleston. By far, this was the best performance in the film; his performance as Loki made Thor seem secondary.

That being said, I’m still giving this movie 2 ½ Handi heads out of 5. Thor: The Dark World was not deep enough, nor dark enough for me.

Remember… Wheels up in 30!

Final Score:

2 ½ out of 5

Mark Flores

President & CEO of Handi Enterprises Inc.

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